What is SAT?

SAT or ‘Scholastic Assessment Test’ is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the US, Canada, and many other countries to select students for admissions to undergraduate courses.

SAT is 3 hours long paper-pencil test.

Why it is required.

Admissions to undergraduate courses.

There is no limit on the number of times one takes the SAT.

The tests are generally available six times a year.

Each Subject Test is of one-hour duration.

Students can take up to three Subject Test on a test day.

Score validity.

Valid for Five years.


Exam Eligibility.

Completed 12th standard exam (Schooling)

Test Pattern.

Multiple-choice tests.

In its present form it consists of two different examinations:

  • The SAT Reasoning Tests (formerly SAT I)
  • The SAT Subject Tests (formerly SAT II)

SAT Subject Test

SAT Subject Tests are for specific subjects required by colleges for admission.

20 Subject Tests are available in five general areas - English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science.

One cannot take SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day.

List of Subject Tests:

Mathematics: Math Level 1, Math Level 2-Science: Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics-English-History: U.S. History, World History-Languages: Spanish, Spanish with Listening, French, French with Listening, Chinese with Listening,Italian,German,German with Listening, ModernHebrew,Latin,Japanese with Listening Korean with Listening.


SAT Pattern

SAT exam pattern is as follow- three sections, namely, Math, Reading, and Writing. There is an optional section which is called the Essay, which has one 50 minutes long substantial passage from which the student needs to build their argument. Students are not scored on this section. Here we cover the general SAT test pattern.

Here is the SAT paper pattern -





Score Range


80 minutes

Calculator allowed for 37 questions

Calculator not allowed for 20 questions

  • Problem-solving and data analysis
  • ‘The Heart of Algebra’
  • ‘Passport to Advanced Math’



65 minutes

Total of 52 questions

  • No Sentence Completion
  • Tests understanding of passages from the US and world Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)

200-800 (combined with Writing section)

Writing and Language

35 minutes

Total of 44 questions

  • Tests ‘Expression of Ideas’ and ‘Standard English Conventions’ through passages related to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities, and Science
  • All questions from extended prose (400-450 words)

200-800 (combined with Reading section)

Essay (optional)

50 minutes

One 50 minutes optional essay

This section requires students to evaluate an argument through an analysis of evidence

not scored


3 hours (with optional 50 minutes)

154 questions



Note: For Test Pattern and other Details, Please check official website.

Prerequisite: Valid Passport is required to appear in Standardized Test and for Application Process.

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